Thursday, July 15, 2010

Clergy sex victims blast LA archdiocese on settlement anniversary

Clergy sex victims blast LA archdiocese on settlement anniversary

Statement by Joelle Casteix, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434 cell,

Three years ago today, more than five hundred deeply wounded clergy sex abuse victims settled with the Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese.

A key part of that agreement was the release of thousands of pages of long-secret church records that would shed light on the cover up of clergy sex crimes by top archdiocesan staff. Most victims wanted to do everything possible to expose high-ranking church officials who ignored or concealed child felonies.

But three years later, defense lawyers for church staff are still fighting tooth and nail to keep these crucial documents hidden and protect the reputations of corrupt men who were and are on the archdiocesan payroll.

When Catholic officials - in Los Angeles, Rome and elsewhere - claim they're now "open and transparent" about clergy sex cases, let's remember these hundreds of brave California abuse victims who worked hard to expose church complicity and are still being betrayed, even now, by Catholic clerics.

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